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Two Rivers Media teams with Matchlight creative director’s new factual venture

Glasgow-based indie prodco Two Rivers Media has struck a strategic coproduction deal with RW Productions (RWP), the factual venture from former Matchlight creative director Ross Wilson. Under terms of the deal, RWP will work with Two ...
October 1, 2020

Glasgow-based indie prodco Two Rivers Media has struck a strategic coproduction deal with RW Productions (RWP), the factual venture from former Matchlight creative director Ross Wilson.

Under terms of the deal, RWP will work with Two Rivers’ development team, while benefitting from Two Rivers’ corporate infrastructure and financial and legal resources, to coproduce its filmed content.

The new venture from Wilson (pictured) will focus on specialist factual and documentary programming, with plans to push into theatrical and feature documentaries in the future.

As creative director at Matchlight, Wilson oversaw a range of productions as executive producer, including ITV1′s Lenny Henry: Finding Shakespeare; BBC2′s Sold; and BBC’s Darcy Bussell: Looking For….

Previously, he worked as a producer/director on the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, both for BBC2. More recently, Wilson exec produced BBC4′s Being Beethoven, BBC Scotland’s Real Kashmir, and BBC2′s forthcoming The Billion Dollar Art Heist.

Founded by CEO Alan Clements, former director of content at STV Productions, in January 2019, Scotland’s Two Rivers has produced a wide range of programming, including Channel 4′s fact-ent series Escape to the Chateau: Make Do And Mend; BBC Scotland’s landmark history series Becoming Scotland; and investigative documentary Inside The Trial Of Alex SalmondFrankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland and Frankie Boyle Live: Excited For You To See And Hate This, all for BBC2.

“Ross is one of the UK’s best factual exec producers. His films are intelligent and thought-provoking and, as well as being highly acclaimed in the UK, they have garnered huge sales worldwide,” said Clements in a statement.

“RWP is keen to be as outward-facing as we can at this moment, both to grow our contacts and our market,” added Wilson. “This deal not only strengthens both our businesses, but gives us that increased access. Two Rivers has particularly strong international connections, which are of huge benefit to RWP. It will allow us to significantly increase our area of attack and accelerate our growth.”

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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